Country Comparison > Children under the age of 5 years underweight

RankCountryChildren under the age of 5 years underweight (%)
1India43.5
2Yemen43.1
3Bangladesh41.3
4East Timor40.6
5Niger39.9
6Burundi38.9
7Nepal38.8
8Burkina Faso37.4
9Madagascar36.8
10Ethiopia34.6
11Eritrea34.5
12Chad33.9
13Afghanistan32.9
14Somalia32.8
15Sudan31.7
16Laos31.6
17Pakistan31.3
18Burma29.6
19Djibouti29.6
20Cambodia28.8
21Congo, Democratic Republic of the28.2
22Mali27.9
23Angola27.5
24Nigeria26.7
25Maldives25.7
26Comoros25
27Central African Republic21.8
28Sierra Leone21.3
29Mozambique21.2
30Sri Lanka21.1
31Guinea20.8
32Philippines20.7
33Korea, North20.6
34Togo20.5
35Liberia20.4
36Benin20.2
37Vietnam20.2
38Indonesia19.6
39Haiti18.9
40Papua New Guinea18.1
41Rwanda18
42Guatemala17.7
43Namibia17.5
44Guinea-Bissau17.2
45Mauritania16.7
46Tanzania16.7
47Cote d'Ivoire16.7
48Lesotho16.6
49Cameroon16.6
50Kenya16.5
51Uganda16.4
52Gambia, The15.8
53Malawi15.5
54Tajikistan14.9
55Zambia14.9
56Senegal14.5
57Ghana14.3
58Zimbabwe14
59Sao Tome and Principe13.1
60Bhutan12
61Congo, Republic of the11.8
62Solomon Islands11.5
63Guyana10.8
64Botswana10.7
65Equatorial Guinea10.6
66Syria10
67Morocco9.9
68Gabon8.8
69China8.7
70Honduras8.6
71Azerbaijan8.4
72Iraq7.1
73Thailand7
74Egypt6.8
75Albania6.6
76Ecuador6.2
77El Salvador6.1
78Swaziland6.1
79Uruguay6
80Libya5.6
81Peru5.4
82Saudi Arabia5.3
83Mongolia5.3
84Colombia5.1
85Belize4.9
86Kazakhstan4.9
87Trinidad and Tobago4.4
88Uzbekistan4.4
89Nicaragua4.3
90Bolivia4.3
91Armenia4.2
92Lebanon4.2
93Ukraine4.1
94Panama3.9
95Cuba3.9
96Algeria3.7
97Venezuela3.7
98Turkey3.5
99Romania3.5
100Mexico3.4
101Dominica3.4
102Dominican Republic3.4
103Singapore3.3
104Tunisia3.3
105Moldova3.2
106Kyrgyzstan2.7
107Georgia2.3
108Argentina2.3
109Brazil2.2
110Jamaica2.2
111Montenegro2.2
112Czech Republic2.1
113Macedonia1.8
114Serbia1.8
115Tuvalu1.6
116Bulgaria1.6
117Bosnia and Herzegovina1.6
118Belarus1.3
119United States1.3
120Germany1.1
121Chile0.5

Definition: This entry gives the percent of children under five considered to be underweight. Underweight means weight-for-age is approximately 2 kg below for standard at age one, 3 kg below standard for ages two and three, and 4 kg below standard for ages four and five. This statistic is an indicator of the nutritional status of a community. Children who suffer from growth retardation as a result of poor diets and/or recurrent infections tend to have a greater risk of suffering illness and death.

Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2012

See also: Children under the age of 5 years underweight map

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